Course Schedule

Lecture recordings, labs, homework assignments and several in-class tutorials are posted on Blackboard. Lab and Class Activities are due at the conclusion of the class period unless otherwise instructed.

Week Prep In class/lab Deadlines
1- Aug. 29
T lectures: Science and the Universe
text: Ch. 1

Course Introduction

Activity: Galactic Scales

Course Survey Questions due 11:59 PM

See Blackboard – Information & Schedule

Worth 5 Participation & Engagement points

W Read lab lab: Introduction to Skynet
Th lectures: Light & Atoms I
text: Ch. 5

Tutorial: Electromagnetic Spectrum

Tutorial: Light & Atoms

UNL: Blackbody Curves, Hydrogen Atom

2- Sep. 5
T lectures: Light &
Atoms II
text: Ch. 5

UNL: Three Views of a Spectrum

Tutorial: Types of Spectra

W Read lab lab: Spectroscopy Skynet Intro Part 1 observations due
Th lectures: Light & Atoms II
text: Ch. 5

UNL: Doppler Shift

Tutorial:  Doppler Shift

F Homework 1 due 11:59 PM
3- Sep. 12
T lectures: Properties of Stars I
text: Ch. 17

Tutorial: Luminosity, Temperature, & Size

Tutorial: Magnitudes

W Read lab lab: Parallax Skynet Intro Part 2  observations & Parts 1 and 2 exercises due 
Th lectures: Properties of Stars II
text: Ch. 18 & 19

Tutorial: HR Diagram
F Homework 2 due 11:59 PM
4- Sep. 19
T lectures: Properties of Stars II
text: Ch. 18 & 19
W Read lab lab: Stellar Spectral Classification Homework 3 due 11:59 PM
Th Exam 1
F
5- Sep. 26
T lectures: Interstellar Medium
text: Ch. 20

lectures: Star & Planet Formation
text: Ch. 21.1, 21.2
 W Read lab lab: Star Cluster Distances and the Dustiness of Space
Th lectures: Star & Planet Formation
text: Ch. 21.1, 21.2

lectures: The Sun
text: Ch. 16
F Homework 4 due 11:59 PM
6- Oct. 3
T lectures: Low Mass Stars
text: Ch. 22
W Read lab lab: Planetary Nebulae
Th lectures: High Mass Stars
text: Ch. 23
Activity: HR Diagrams of Star Clusters
F Homework 5 due 11:59 PM
7- Oct. 10
T lectures: Black Holes & Relativity
text: Ch. 24
Activity: Stellar Evolution Concept Map Request Skynet observations for Great Debate lab
W Read lab lab: Dying Stars and the Birth of the Elements Homework 6 due 11:59 PM
Th Exam 2
F Project plans due 11:59 PM via Blackboard
8- Oct. 17
M lecture: Gravity & Orbits
text: Ch. 3
W Read lab lab: Standard Candles
text: Ch. 26.4
Th lecture: Galaxies I
text: Ch 26.1
Homework 7 due 11:59 PM
9- Oct. 24
T lecture: Galaxies II
text: Ch. 26.2, 26.3
W Read lab lab: The Great Debate Request Skynet observations for Milky Way Rotation Curve lab
Th lecture: Galaxies III
F Homework 8 due 11:59 PM
10- Oct. 31
T lecture: Galaxies IV
text: Ch. 27 & 28.2
W Read lab lab: Galaxies in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey Request Skynet observations for Hubble’s Law lab (if necessary)
Th lecture: The Milky Way
text: Ch. 25
F Homework 9 due 11:59 PM
11- Nov. 7
M lecture: The Milky Way
text: Ch. 25
W Read lab lab: Milky Way Rotation Curve Homework 10 due 11:59 PM
Th Exam 3
F Project draft summaries and products due 11:59 PM via Blackboard
12- Nov. 14
M lectures: Expanding Universe
text: Ch. 26.5
W Read lab lab: Hubble’s Law
Th lectures: Expanding Universe
text: Ch. 26.5
F Homework 11 due 11:59 PM
13- Nov. 21
T lectures: Expanding Universe
text: Ch. 29
Thanksgiving break
14- Nov. 28
T lectures: Large Scale Structure
text: 28.3, 28.4 & 28.5
W Read lab lab: Large Scale Structure Homework 12 & 13 due 11:59 PM
Th
15- Dec. 5
T lectures: Cosmology & The Big Bang
text: Ch. 29
W lab: make-ups
Th lectures: Cosmology & The Big Bang
text: Ch. 29
Homework 14 due 11:59 PM
F Extra Credit due 11:59 PM via Blackboard
16- Dec. 12
T Review Homework 15 due 11:59 PM
W Project final summaries and products due 11:59 PM via Blackboard

Final Exam    Tuesday, Dec. 20 12:30 – 2:30 PM